On a new diet and not sure how to deal with those ever-increasing hunger pangs?

A new study has revealed that playing video games might be one secret to successful dieting.

Researchers conducted an experiment on 119 test subjects. Participants were instructed to rate strength, vividness and intrusiveness of their current hunger pangs. Immediately following was a session of the popular video game, Tetris.

The video game intentionally failed for some of the test group and after a bit of time passed, all participants were asked to rate the three variables again.

The experiment claimed a 24% reduction in hunger for individuals who participated in game play. Scientists involved in the study explained that the findings prove that replacing imagery is a valid technique for alleviating hunger. In other words, filling your mind with images of falling blocks actually replaces the daydream images of a Big Mac and large fries.

Professor Jackie Andrade of Plymouth University says, “By playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain from creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.”

This might well explain why your teenager can play video games for hours without hitting the kitchen.

On the other hand, if distraction is the key to staving off hunger, the logical conclusion is that a person might put the video games away and spend all that extra time reading a book, learning a new instrument or participating in something that might bring contribute a bit more to the welfare of society as well as individual success.

There’s really no upside to mastering Angry Birds.

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